Every June since the late 1950s, the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C. This year’s annual event began last week at United Power (Brighton, Colo.) where students climbed poles, watched a safety demo, rode in a bucket truck and more. The group also toured Colorado’s Capitol before flying to Washington.
“When the students stopped by United Power, they learned about electric cooperatives, the electric utility industry and generally how electricity is generated and transmitted,” said Tri-State strategic communications specialist Jonathan Thornton. “This allows them to intelligently talk about these topics with the elected officials they’ll visit in Washington and gives them a better understanding of our complex business.”
Students apply and are selected for the program by their local electric cooperative, each of which has a different Youth Tour selection process.
Nearly 50,000 students from rural areas and small towns across America have participated in the program over the years, allowing them to experience our nation’s democratic principles up close and helping to build the next generation of leaders in our communities. Some Youth Tour alumni have gone on to design airplanes, lead companies and serve in the highest ranks of government, including the U.S. Senate.